GUWAHATI: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday blamed BJP for maintaining a ‘safe distance’ while in terms of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) while campaigning in the state ahead of the elections. The Congress leader who was on a two-day visit to the state while participating at a public rally in Lakhimpur said that BJP leaders talk about implementing the CAA in other parts of the country, but lack the courage to mention it in Assam.
She said, “The BJP lacks the courage to mention CAA in the state, People of Assam should never allow them to even talk about it, let alone implement it.”
The CAA aims at granting Indian citizenship to people of minority communities of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who were religiously persecuted and entered India before December 31, 2014.
She urged the voters to ask the right questions and to identify those leaders who had promised them a lot but did nothing in the last five years.
“The BJP leaders had promised of jobs, relief from inflation, and protection of constitutional rights. But they failed to keep up to their words and the people of Assam must identify them and dethrone them,” Gandhi added.
The Congress leader claimed that the people of Assam wanted a change of guards for their ‘protected’ future and would vote for the ‘grand alliance’ led by Congress.
During her visit, she also interacted with tea garden workers in Biswanath district. She will visit Leteku Pukhuri, the birthplace of Madhavdeb, the 16th-century Vaishnavite preacher and chief disciple of Srimanta Sankardev on Tuesday.
Gandhi also launched the party’s statewide campaign against rising unemployment.